I just discovered No Impact Man, have you heard of him? If not, go check him out. (Blog on sidebar.)
Very cool, very impressive, and very timely since I'm implementing my own electric diet.
My handcrank/solar powered radio was a success, I found one and have ordered it. I've become disgustingly addicted to Amazon. Damn, what has gotten into me? I'm suddenly interested in all these things I've always shied away from.
It must be the rural living, and my amazingly sad few number of friends. OH, and the cold weather. LOL.